It’s no doubt that there have been a huge amount of fantastic TV shows that have been released over the years. From timeless thrillers to comedy and documentary-style productions – there’s a huge range of different shows to choose from. We have chosen a selection of different TV shows ranging across the various categories to reveal some of the best TV shows of all time (in no particular order.) If you haven’t checked any of these out – we highly recommend that you give them a watch.
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Breaking Bad (2008 – 2013)
A series that completely changed the anti-hero style of drama – Breaking Bad features the story of a chemistry teacher turned methamphetamine kingpin. Featuring an excellent cast, many twists and turns and deep character progression – this series is a must watch for those who like drama, dark humour and a lot of action.
Game of Thrones (2011 – 2019)
An epic story of great proportions. Based on the books by JRR Martin, this epic television series dominated awards throughout its entirety and gathered a large amount of super fans to boot. Featuring some of the most epic battles on television and a complex and unique storyline – this is a tale of epic proportions and a perfect series to get stuck into.
Peep Show (2013 – 2015)
Iconic and hilarious – Peep Show is the perfect choice for those who are looking for classic British Humour. A frontrunner in sitcoms of the last two decades, the shooting style as well as the internal monologues make this a hilarious and sometimes flinch inducing series that’s perfect for comedy lovers.
Black Mirror (2011 – Ongoing)
Perfect for science fiction lovers – this dystopian TV series depicts different situations in each episode in universes that are connected to each other. Cleverly exploring the potential risks and issues with technology – Black Mirror is a great choice if you are looking for a complex thriller each episode.
Blue Planet (2001 – 2017)
David Attenborough’s Blue Planet has been iconic in changing perceptions of the planet and the importance of environmentalism. The series started off showing spectacular scenes and the technology and filmography only gets better as the series progresses! If you are looking for an immersive and educational series – Blue Planet is a winner!
The Great British Bake Off (2010 – Ongoing)
BBC & Channel 4 have seen a great amount of success from The Great British Bake Off and this has become a TV programme that has become a staple on British TV. There’s a sense of familiarity in the series even though Paul Hollywood left in 2020. This is a fantastic show to watch if you are looking for a warm and inviting series and has become a classic during the Autumn months.
Masterchef UK (1990 – 2001 / 2005 – Ongoing)
Relaunched with the ever-popular Greg Wallace and John Torode – Masterchef has been a huge success after its reiteration in 2005. With amateur chefs battling it out to prove themselves as the next Masterchef – this is a great show to watch while you are enjoying your dinner or if you want to follow the action. Masterchef The Professionals shows professional chefs battle it out for the Professional title. This special series features fan favourite special judges Monica Galetti & Marcus Wareing joining Gregg Wallace on the judging panel.
Broadchurch (2013 – 2017)
David Tennant & Olivia Colman play Alec Hardy & Ellie Miller and their bickering yet smart and assertive duo really sets the pace as a gripping drama. Although the pace sets to slow down during the second season the third and final season returns the series and brings things back on track.
Narcos (2015 – 2017)
An epic historical drug/crime drama following the rise and fall of Pablo Escobar as well as the other drug kingpins that plagued Colombia for years to come. Narcos is able to show a lot of different sides to Escobar that we haven’t been able to see in the film adaptations of this notorious story. It also allows us to see more into the background of the FBI & FDA investigations into Escobar and how they were trying to take him down. The story isn’t 100% factual in terms of every event that is portrayed but it does feel largely realistic.
The Thick of It (2005 – 2012)
A series that completely set the standards for political satire, it’s Peter Capaldi’s Malcolm Tucker and his outbursts of profanity-filled rants that really makes this show the classic that it is. Although Malcolm Tucker is based on a few political figures, he draws most from Alastair Campbell who admitted liberal use of profanity in the workplace. There have even been cases in the Government that emulated the satirical events of the program – further showing the hilarious yet poignant portrayal of life behind the scenes at Number 10 and beyond.
Dexter (2006 – 2013)
Bringing a huge amount of depth and character arcs – Dexter for a long time ruled as one of the most in-depth shows on TV. The black humor combined with the thrills of whether the main antagonist will be caught is a fantastic combination and largely crosses over in terms of this style with the final seasons of Breaking Bad.
The Sopranos (1999 – 2007)
One of if not the most famous shows on the list, The Sopranos is a classic in the Gangster Genre. Combining unpredictable storytelling with remarkably impressive acting – it’s a classic for those who love old-school criminalization dramas with strong characters and centering on the crime scene that has made New York infamous for many decades to follow from the roaring 20s beyond.
If you haven’t checked any of these out – we highly recommend that you give them a watch. Any of your favorites didn’t make it onto the list? Why not let us know what your favourite TV show is today?